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Kashmir! The whisper evokes a portrait of beauty: the stunning snow capped peaks of the Himalayas: flower strewn valleys dazzling the eye with all the colors of the rainbows and lakes, with floating gardens, teeming with wildlife. Kashmir has a strong spiritual essence; the aura of the surrounding beauty makes it a place to commune closely with nature and ones inner being. Today World is beginning to realize that modern Kashmir, is once again, becoming a place to unwind !


     
Katra – Mata Vaishno Devi:
  Katra Vaishno Devi, as it is popularly known, is a small town in Udhampur district of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir situated in the foothills of the Trikuta Mountains, where the holy shrine of Vaishno Devi is located at an altitude of 5300 ft and 12 Kms approx trek distance form the last road head of Katra. It is located 42 km from the city of Jammu – winter Capital of Jammu & Kashmir state.

Katra serves as the base camp for pilgrims who visit Vaishno Devi. It has a thriving tourism industry that offers many of hotels in all categories, guest houses, restaurants, dhabas, fast-food etc..Free accommodation is provided by some registered trusts in the form of Sarais for the poor pilgrims.

To reach at Vaishno Devi temple the pilgrims have to register at the Katra before starting the trek for approx 14 Kms. Helicopter facility is also available from Katra to Sanjhichat.

The shrine is worshiped as a Shakti Peetha which believes its association towards the mythology of Daksha yaga and Sati's self immolation as its origin. Shakti Peethas are shrines enshrined with the presence of Shakti due to the falling of body parts of the corpse of Sati Devi, when Lord Shiva carried it and wandered throughout in sorrow.
Bhaderwah:
  The main hub to reach Bhaderwah is Jammu. It is approximately 200 Kms form Jammu to Bhaderwah by road. Bhaderwah is bounded on the north by Kishtwar on the east by Chamba, on the south by Balor or Basholi and on the west by Chenani. It is located at a distance of 206 Kms north-east of Jammu, 90 Kms south of Kishtwar, 36 Kms east to Doda, 150 north west to Chamba and 115 Kms north of Basholi. It is about 80 Kms from Batote situated J&K National Highway NH1A.
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Gulmarg:
  Gulmarg Means the "Meadow of Flowers" is a town, a hill station, a popular skiing destination. Gulmarg is located 56 km from Srinagar. Gulmarg is the "heartland of winter sports in India. This resort is famous because of its "Gulmarg Gondola," one of the highest cable car in the world, reaching 3,979 metres. Gulmarg attracts outdoor sports fanatics with its world class golfing, trekking, mountain biking, horse riding, water skiing, and fishing.
Pahalgam:
  Pahalgam: - Is a town and a Municipal committee in Anantnag district. This world famous hill station is 96 km from the Srinagar.It is a popular tourist destination, and every year, many tourists visit Pahalgam. It was once a tourist attraction and a favourite place for shooting of Bollywood films. Pahalgam is also associated with the annual Amarnath Yatra. The area holds a rich cover of vegetation, the dominant forest consisting of conifers. Betaab Valley is a very famous tourist spot situated at a distance of 15 kilometers from Pahalgam. The valley surrounded by lush green meadows, snow clad mountains and covered with dense vegetation.
Sonamarg:
  Sonamarg: - Means"Meadow of Gold" is a hill station in Ganderbal district. Sonamarg is located 98 km from Srinagar. Sonamarg an alpine valley is situated at the bank of Nallah Sindh,it is a popular tourist destination. Sonamarg gives rise to The Three Sisters (Kashmir). In its vicinity lies the great Himalayan glaciers of Kashmir Valley namely Kolhoi Glacier and Machoi Glacier.
Local:-Mughal Gardens :-

Shalimar Garden:
  Shalimar Garden: - Built by Emperor Jehangir for his wife Nur Jehan, Shalimar, 15 kms from the TRC, is a beautiful garden with sweeping vistas over gardens and lakes, and shallow terraces. A canal lined with polished stones and supplied with water from Harwan runs throught the middle of the garden.
Harwan Garden:
  Harwan Garden: - Harwan Garden, situated in Harwan Village (19 km) from Srinagar is an impressive, large and admired tourist spot. A canal, beautifully bordered with chinar trees and blossoming flower beds, starting from a lake just behind the garden, flows through the middle of the garden.
Nishat Garden:
  Nishat Garden: - Situated on the banks of the Dal Lake, with the Zabarwan Mountains as its backdrop, (11 km. From TRC), this ‘garden of bliss’ commands a mangificent view of the lake and the snow capped Pir Panjal mountain range which stands far away to the west of the valley.
Tulip Garden:-
  Tulip Garden:- Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip garden is the largest Tulip garden of Asia spread over an area of about 12 hectares. It is situated on the foothills of Zabarwan Hills with an overview of picturesque world famous Dal Lake.
Chashmashahi :
  Chashmashahi: - The Chashme Shahi is located within the jurisdiction of Srinagar city, 14 kilometres (9 mi) in the northeast from the Srinagar Airport. At Chashmashi, is a tastefully laid garden in terraces, which commands a magnificent view of the Dal Lake below and surrounding mountain ranges. The cool water of the spring is higly refreshing and digestive.
Pari Mahal: -
  Pari Mahal: - It is five-minute drive from Cheshmashahi, Srinagar. Once the royal observatory, Pari Mahal has a charmingly laid out garden and is a five-minute drive from Cheshmashai.
Dal Lake: -
  Dal Lake: - Popularly known as 'Srinagar's jewel' the Dal Lake, is the most popular tourist attraction in Srinagar. The shore line of the lake, is about 15.5 kilometres (9.6 mi), is encompassed by a boulevard lined with Mughal era gardens, parks, houseboats and hotels. Renowned for its house boats and Shikara boat rides, set against the slow clad glorious Himalayas, the Dal Lake continues to be on the canvas & subject of several poets & artists.
Shankaracharya Temple :-
  Shankaracharya Temple:-Shankaracharya Temple, known to be built by Jaluka, the son of Emperor Ashoka around 200 BC, is an ancient shrine located on the Shankaracharya Hill (Takht-e-Suleiman) in Srinagar. Local folks tell a story that saint Shankaracharya spent some of his time at this site during his visit to Kashmir to revitalize Sanatan Dharma.
Hazratbal Mosque :-
  Hazratbal Mosque: - The shrine is situated on the left bank of the Dal Lake, Srinagar also known as Dargah Sharif, Assar-e-Sharif and Madinat-Us-Sani, the Hazratbal Mosque on the western banks of the majestic Dal Lake is considered to be one of the most important shrines for Muslims.
Jamia Masjid :-
  Jamia Masjid: - The Jamia Masjid of Srinagar is situated at Nowhatta, in the middle of the old city. It was built by Sultan Sikandar in 1400 AD. Later, the son of Sultan Sikandar, Zain-ul-Abidin got the mosque extended. The attractions of the Jamia Masjid of Srinagar, Kashmir include beautiful Indo-Saracenic architecture,a magnificent courtyard and 370 wooden pillars.
New Destinations :-

Doodhpathri :-
  Doodhpathri: - Doodh-e-pathri is yet another bowl shaped valley about 42 kms form Srinagar. It is a recent discovery in the list of tourist places in kashmir is doodh pathri. In between the magnificent hills, milk stream, dense forest cover a large meadow about which a famous Kashmiri Saint Nund-Reshi who was in search of water to offer prayers has pricked the ground by his stick to search water, the milk came out and hence the meadow got its name DOODHPATHR. The prominent sites of Doodpather are Tangnar, Mujpather, Dophkhal, Sochilpather, Palmaidan and Parihas
Gurez/Bungus :-
  Gurez/Bungus: - A virgin valley called Bungus-"Bun" means forest and "Gus" means grass. As the name suggests the pastures of Bungus valley have finest grass which is considered ideal for cattle grazing. This valley is surrounded by Shams-berry Range and Leepa Valle is very close to Line of Control (LOC). Gurez is a gateway to the famous Silk Route across central Asia and one the most picturesque virgin destination in Kashmir valley. This is ultimate adventure destination to the north of Kashmir. The roar of mighty Kishen-Ganga River flowing across the valley resonates with surrounding mountains that lulls a visitor to sound sleep. Gurez valley is also characterized by traditional log wood houses resembling European countryside.
Dachigam :-
  Dachigam: - Dachigam National Park is located 22 kms from Srinagar. It was initially created to ensure clean drinking water supply for the city of Srinagar. Dachigam National park is located among the high mountains of the mighty western Himalayas. The mountainsides below the tree line are heavily wooded. Most of this coniferous forest consists of broad leaf species. The main animal species that Dachigam is most famous for is the Hangul, or the Kashmir Stag.
Naranag :-
  Naranag: - Naranag is located 50 kms from Srinagar. Naranag is a tourist village of Ganderbal district, Jammu and Kashmir. The Naranag valley is noted for its scenic meadows. The village is a base camp for trekkers to the Mount Haramukh, the Gangabal Lake and Satsar. There are also many other peaks and alpine meadows around the Naranag Valley. The Naranag temple is the main attraction for the tourists. This temple has the typical Aryan structure as was present in Aryan Kashmir.
Yusmarg :-
  Yusmarg: - Yusmarg is a hill station in the western part of Kashmir Valley. Yusmarg in Kashmiri means The Meadow of Jesus. It is an alpine valley covered with snow clad mountains and the meadows of Pine and Fir. It is situated 47 km south of Srinagar the capital of the state. It is a popular tourist destination, nestled within the imposing Pir Panjal peaks, a sub range of Himalaya. Yusmarg has a great scope for adventure tourism. Doodganga a river flows through this meadow. The other activities include horse riding, fishing, skiing during winter and photography.
Nilnag :-
  Nilnag: - IT is a beautiful blue-water lake, situated 4 kms downhill from Yousmarg, connected by a bridle path through dense forests. The place is a wonderful picnic spot where tourists are mesmerised by wonderful natural surroundings. Nilnag is also approachable from Nowgam village. The 13-km uphill journey is a superb trek that brings many other beauty spots to limelight.
Gangabal Lake :-
  Gangabal Lake: - The Gangabal Lake is a lake situated at the foothills of Mount Haramukh (the highest mountain peak in the vicinity of Kashmir valley) in Ganderbal district, north of Srinagar. The Gangabal lake is approached from Srinagar 45 kms by road via Ganderbal up to Naranag and then a trek of 15 kms upslopes leads to the lake, which can be covered by a horse ride or by foot It is an alpine high altitude oligotrophic lake home to many species of fish, including the brown trout. In Hindu tradition Gangbal is also called Harmukut Ganga, and it is believed that this place is as pious as Haridwar where Hindu pilgrims perform prayers and immerse ashes of the dead.
Tarsar – Marsar Lake :-
  Tarsar – Marsar Lake: - The Tarsar Lake is an almond-shaped, oligotrophic alpine lake situated in the Kashmir Valley, specifically in Anantnag district,Jammu and Kashmir. It can be reached from Srinagar via a 102 km motorable road which leads through Anantnag and Pahalgam to the Aru trekking camp. The alpine meadow of Lidderwat lies at the halfway point of the two-day trek to the lake. The lake is separated by a mountain with a minimum peak elevation of 4,000 metres from another lake of the same nature known as Marsar Lake, which is in the vicinity of Dachigam National Park Together these two lakes are referred to as the twin sisters. During the winter, the Tarsar Lake freezes and is covered by heavy snow; it has floating ice even in the summer. The 16th-century Kashmiri ruler Yusuf Shah Chak mentioned the twin lakes in his poetry, writing to his beloved: When I remember the two tresses of the comely beloved, Tears begin to flow from my eyes like streams from Tarsar and Marsar.
Mugal Road/ Peer Ki Gali :-
  Mugal Road/ Peer Ki Gali: - Moghul Road is the road between Bafliaz, a town in the Poonch district, to Shopian district in the Kashmir valley. The road is 84km long, and situated in the Jammu and Kashmir state of India. On Mughal road has offered you another busiest “Tourist Destination” called PEER KI GALI. Peer Ki Gali is situated in the middle of Mughal road. It is not only the tourist destination, but a central meeting point for the people of South Kashmir area from Kashmir side and Poonch and Rajouri districts. Peer Ki Gali, is for famous shrine located in the area in the name of great Sufi saint Sheikh Ahmed Karim (RA). Due to the location of the shrine at this place, thousands of religious tourists also visit this place.
Kukarnag :-
  Kukarnag: - Kukernag is a town and a notified area committee in Anantnag district in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The word Kokernag has been derived from the two words namely, Koker and Nag. The word Koker has been taken from a Kashmiri word "Morgee" meaning chicken, while the word nag has been taken from Sanskrit word "Springs". It is situated in Anantnag District, which means -Anant - Infinite and Nag –Springs. It is situated at a distance of about 17 km. from district headquarters. Kokernag is a collection of many small springs and their collective appearance resembles to the claws of a Koker (cock). Kokernag is the largest fresh water spring of Kashmir and its water has many curative and digestive properties. Koker means 'fowl' and nag means 'Springs'. The spring gushes out of the base of a thickly wooded hill from where it divides into channels, which resembles to the claw-foot of a hen, hence its name. Kokernag. Place is famous for gardens, largest fresh water springs in Kashmir and for its trout streams.
Daksum :-
  Daksum: - Daksum is located in the Green Forests of Jammu and Kashmir at Anantnag-Semthan-Kishtwar road (NH-1B), is a natural scenic spot. However, it is still to be counted in the Tourist Places of JK Tourism Department with Sinthan Top. It is Situated at a distance of 40 km from the main district headquarters and about 85 km from Srinagar. It is on the trekking route to Kishtwar. From here the trail leads to Sinthan Pass also Sinthan Top. A trekker's paradise (2 hours very scenic drive) swathed in coniferous forests, gurgling streams, hidden grassy meadows, where your only company is the sound of the gushing Bringhi River or an occasional shepherd tending his flock. Daksum is also famous for its trout - an angler's heaven. Daksum is a place where you can revel in solitude and be one with nature. Pine trees; green meadows, clear gurgling brooks, fresh mountain air all promise to make your experience invigorating and long lasting.
 
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